I’m going to jump the gun a bit regarding the various vendors I’ve come across in our wedding planning. I was waaay too excited about this that I had to share sooner than later.
My fiance and I agreed early on that we wanted an intimate ceremony and invite our closest friends and family. It really started out as having a small ceremony followed by a dinner with just our immediate family. Then somewhere along the line, our little party of 16 nearly tripled.
We also agreed that a disc jockey wasn’t needed because we both come from families who are not really ones to shake their groove thangs. It just is not either side’s DNA. Our DJ was going to be a little gadget housed in another gadget that would provide some kind of ambiance while our guests chowed down.
But after we had separate chats (me with my sister and my fiance with my brother in law), we determined that yes, we would need a DJ/MC.
The task seemed daunting to me at first. I didn’t know how to determine what a good DJ/MC would be. I scoured sites such as TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com. As I read through descriptions, I picked up a few tips. I also consulted with our catering manager for referrals.
Then a thought occurred to me to check out San Diego A-List, which lists business and such voted for by the people of San Diego. I clicked on DJ and pretty much skipped past the number one guy. Somehow “San Diego’s Favorite DJ” seemed more like a red flag than a recommendation. Then I did my normal search that I do when I look for a book to read — I look for the best picture! 🙂
And that’s how I spotted TNT Mobile DJ — Troy Cook. Handsome guy who looked like he was on a boat, nice smile and didn’t have any tacky bowtie or cummerbund on. Did I mention handsome and nice smile?
I clicked on the link and read that he had been a sound engineer on a San Diego AM radio show that I used to listen to. His connection to San Diego compelled me to send an e-mail to find out more about his services.
After sending the e-mail, I went back to his site and read some more. That’s when I came across this blurb: “Troy also produced his father’s radio show ‘Hooked on Trivia: The Radio Game Show with Mike Cook…'”
Oh. Em. GEEEE! He is that Troy. Troy Cook. Son of Mike Cook. THE Mike Cook — host of Hooked on Trivia. That radio trivia show that I used to listen to on Saturday nights while I was still in school. I could NOT believe this was happening. Even before I got any response, I was pretty much ready to hire him.
Troy responded very quickly to my e-mails (of which I never mentioned that I imagined he was blond whenever I’d hear his dad mention his son Troy, but I did mention right off the bat that I was a big fan of Hooked on Trivia).
We set up a meeting at a Starbucks in La Mesa (“what a place-a” — this is something his dad would say when a caller was from La Mesa). Since I had already seen pictures of Troy, it was easy to spot him, even though he mentioned he would be wearing a fedora.
The funny thing is Troy told me he expected me to be older. If my memory still works, I believe Troy and I are roughly in the same age range. But it goes to show that I am interested in things that typically appeal to those who are older than me. (Side note: I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong decade!)
My fiance and I talked with Troy and we really felt we had a good chemistry with him. He even got his dad on the phone so I could talk with his dad about doing a mini trivia show at our reception (this will be detailed in my next post).
Troy answered all of our questions and reassured us he would serve as a coordinator on the day of our wedding. He has continued to respond promptly to my e-mails, which I highly value. In this day in age, responding to an e-mail in a timely manner is very important. Troy really has set the bar high there. He typically answers within minutes, but if not, he replies within a few hours in the same day. I cannot say that for some other vendors I’ve had the displeasure of dealing with, some of which didn’t respond until weeks after I had already booked a vendor!
I have not even experienced his services, but he is already off to a good start in my book. Also, I’m not quite sure what “TNT” stands for, but the title for this post is my best guess. 🙂
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